RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Blue Ox Releasing the Patriot II Braking System

Thu Jan 12, 2017

148423517578418.jpgPender, Nebraska - Blue Ox is preparing the release of the Patriot II, the second generation of
the company’s popular Patriot towed vehicle-braking system.

The Patriot II continues with many of the features that have made the original Patriot brake so
popular: An all electric brake without an air pump or air hoses that produce condensation
requiring the user to drain out a tank. The brake works with all tow vehicles, including hybrids; it is self-contained and lightweight for easy transfer between multiple tow vehicles; an in-coach controller that monitors tow vehicle braking and allows the user to adjust braking response.

“At Blue Ox, we are driven to provide the best worry-free, easy to use, safety-oriented, towing solutions for consumers,” Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann says. “A tow brake is an essential safety feature in any dinghy towing package. The Patriot II has the same great functionality and flexibility of the original Patriot brake while incorporating new feature
improvements to enhance the towing experience.”

New features include: An upgraded accelerometer and faster actuator with braking response
time up to two times faster; one-touch set up; increased RF radio range between the in-coach
controller and the brake; a smaller-narrower case; the brake’s software is updateable through a built-in Bluetooth connection, eliminating disassembly for future software updates. The
Patriot II has a two-year warranty.

The Patriot II part number is BRK2016 and will begin shipping to distributors in the first weeks of 2017.